Baraka Essay

498 WordsApr 14, 20152 Pages
Without words, cameras show us the world, showing us what is I the world not on where but what is going on there. It begins with morning, natural landscapes and people praying: volcanoes, water falls, and forests; several hundred monks doing a chant, People applying body paint; whole villages dancing. The film then moves to the destruction of nature by logging, blasting, and mining. Images of poverty, rapid city life, and factories give way to war, concentration camps, and many graves. Ancient ruins come into view, and then a sacred river where pilgrims bathe and funeral pyres burn. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell; stars wheel across the sky. To me this video is about the way nature is being destroyed. In the film Baraka, the effects of mass production and commercialization are contrasted in serene nature scenes and other scenes from today's busiest industrial cities. First, mass production is the manufacturing of goods in large amounts. “Baraka” shows many examples of this; the most memorable one takes place at a poultry factory in Hong Kong. The assembly line of baby chicks being tossed around as their wings are cut and beaks are burned is hard to watch. The blank, almost cold expression on each of the workers faces of those that handled the innocent, cute baby chicks is disturbing. This scene shows how people can become programmed and objectified or only be worth the quantity of product that they produce is overwhelming. Another example as a result of mass production takes place in the scene where acres and acres of trees are being torn down to make paper. Considering the amount of recycling everyone does today, it is hard for one to consider "the need" to tear down as many new trees as we do. The mass cut down of beautiful, old trees that produce oxygen and homes for animals are examples of how mass production ruins nature to provide material

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